God has wired us to for relationship. We function at our best when we are deeply settled in our relationship with God and working in unity and peace with the people around us. That’s exactly why God refers to the church as a body or a family. We are meant to be intricately woven together in relationship so that we can be the fully effective force he has called us to be.
Part of being in a family is being close in relationship so that if one member of the family is going through something difficult or facing a battle, we are all there in it together. Healthy families have each others back. They are in it together, doing life hand in hand. When one rejoices, we all rejoice. When one does well in a certain area, we are all better for it. When someone falls we all stop to pick him up.
In this video teaching, I share about the story of the man who was carried on a mat and lowered through the roof of a building by his friends. Let’s read the story in the following passage of scripture…
Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” …So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
This story in every gospel account says that when Jesus saw THEIR faith he reached out to heal and save their friend. Their faith… not the man’s faith. Jesus was moved by the faith of a band of brothers who carried their friend to his healing.
There have been times in my life when I needed someone to pick me up and carry me to Jesus.
Times when I needed a friend to pray for me when I couldn’t find the words to pray for myself. Times when I needed a friend to speak truth over me when I was believing lies. I’m so grateful for the love and kindness of my friends who leaned into my broken and loaned me their faith and picked me up on my hardest days and carried me towards healing because it’s what I needed. We were not created to do life alone and it’s ok to admit that sometimes we need someone to come along and help us.
Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help.
The enemy knows the power of community. So he is always going to try to keep you isolated and alone. We need to learn that the voice that wants us to pull away, shut down and stay silent is the voice that wants to steal our victory, kill our dreams and destroy our lives. We need to have safe places to ask for help and be brave enough to reach out when we need it most.
So, the question of the day is, who do you care about enough to carry?
Who in your life do you care enough about that you would pick them up on their darkest days and carry them to Jesus?
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.